(Closed) How Do Catering Tastings Usually Work? Am I being ripped off?

posted 5 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

due to timing issues sending out invites, we had to choose our entrees before our tasting. we only tasted entrees, did not taste apps.  Ours wasn’t a sit down with the caterer though, it was a group event.  They did have a few passed apps to try (we didn’t get any), then had a buffet with many (but not all) off the entree options. 

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

My venue did not offer tastings at all. Just had to go by description and hope for the best. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We were given a sample of appetizers, but had to choose from a list.  Most of what we chose, we were never given a chance to taste.   I think that is kind of normal.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@yayaya:  This happened to us, we had a group tasting, but I wanted to try something else after one of the items we picked was not that great.  Our venue simply scheduled another time for us to come in.  All of our tastings were free.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We only tasted the main entree items, but we had quite a lot of choices to try. I think maybe 3-4 meats and like 5 sides?

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Our venue does tastings twice a year. The first one we went to, they had five or six of the cocktail hour “stations” and eight passed hors d’ouerves, then two samples of entree selections, and a few different flavors of wedding cake. They have zillions of appetizers and entrees to choose from, so we didn’t get to try the things we planned on actually having at the wedding, but we tried enough to know that we’re satisfied with their food. 

We’re going to a second one next month that sounds like it will be more of a sit down dinner – again, we don’t get to pick what we’re trying, but hopefully it’ll give us an idea of what their strong and weak dishes are. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We did our tasting.. sounded like the same as you.. we picked a few things to try (it wasn’t unlimited) and we had to choose that night what we wanted. What if we didn’t like what we tried? Luckily we liked everything & picked our menu with no problems. We didn’t get to try any of the apps. It seems pretty standard what they’re having you do.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We paid for our tasting. It was in our caterers apartment and he servedus our whole wedding menu and had a waiter serving us and pouring our wine. It was $100 for both of us. I thought it was a great deal – our caterer new he wasn’t getting ripped off by us and we got an awesome dinner and wine for way less than we would have spent in a restaurant! We defo had some things we didn’t love and I was glad we had a chance to tweak our menu.  We ultimately hired this caterer. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@yayaya:  I’ve never heard of having to pay for a tasting. I went to a few different tastings at different venues and they were all up front and free of cost. But I did come into contact with one venue that wanted you to pick the menu without even trying the food and that was a major red flag for me. And rightly so because my best friend went to a wedding there around the same time and said the food was horrible! Keep hounding that lady! Lol

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Our venue’s tastings are $50, I want to say it includes 4 appetizers, 2 or 3 entrees and multiple cake flavors.  They’re pretty flexible though, we asked if we could do an all appetizer tasting to get those picked and then an all entree tasting, and they were totally fine with it.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We had our tasting included and we could only try 5 entrees but no apps or desert.    We then picked our 3 entrees for guests to choose from

 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

That sucks. Our tasting was awesome, and included in our wedding package. We got to have up to six people there, they brought beverages, and we got to taste four appetizers, two salads, four vegetables, four starches, four entree proteins, and four cakes. We left completely stuffed with food.

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